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Oral history interview with Herman Cherry, 1965 September

Interviewee:
Cherry, Herman, 1909-1992
Interviewer:
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington),, 1920-
Subject:
Benton, Thomas Hart
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton
Federal Art Project
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 36 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 8 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Summary:
An interview of Herman Cherry conducted 1965 September, by Harlan Phillips. Cherry speaks of his background and education; the Depression's effect on him; his first association with the WPA Federal Art Project; working for Stanton Macdonald-Wright; how the project functioned; trying to create an "American style" in painting; the team approach to creating murals; the effect of the project on individual artists and their styles; experimenting with materials; unions and political problems; social interaction between artists on the project; the current art market; his overall view of the Federal Art Project. He recalls Thomas Hart Benton.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Herman Cherry, 1965 September. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript: microfilm reel 3949 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Herman Cherry (1909-1992) was a painter, mural painter, lithographer, craftsman, writer, and teacher in New York, New York.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Artisans
Decorative arts
Educators
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Lithographers
Mural painting and decoration
Muralists
Painters
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11793
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213356
AAA_collcode_cherry65
Theme:
Craft
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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